CHILDCARE & Protection
Child abuse is a global phenomenon. It occurs in all countries and in all societies. It involves the physical, sexual, emotional abuse and neglect of children. It is nearly always preventable. In Sundarban, many children’s are deprived of their basic rights and vulnerable to all forms of abuse and exploitations.
Sundarban region under ,North and South 24 Parganas district are two most worst affected source districts in the state of West Bengal, where the buying and selling of minor girls, girl child mission & girls engages as domestic works is highest. The socio-economic scenario of Sundarban delta is very poor. Most of the people live below the poverty line. Poor villagers believe that early marriage can secure a stable future for their daughters.
West Bengal, especially remote Islands in Sundarban region hosts large percentage of country’s child marriage. Percentage of under 18 child brides in West Bengal is around 31.6%. Girls have little access to education. They become victim of early marriage, trafficking and critical reproductive health hazards. Girls who marry earlier are less likely to be educated or taught about their reproductive issues and due to this pregnancy related death are known to be the leading cause of mortality among married girls between 15-18 years of age. Many girls trafficked in the sex trade through fake marriage. Nutritional status of poor vulnerable girls is also a serious threat to their lives.
Role of Digambarpur Angikar: We strongly believe that all children have the right to a happy, healthly and secure livelihood. Our intervention:
- Amar Bari Home under the Juvenile Justice [Care& Protection of Children Act]: Since 2014 Digambarpur Angikar is running Government aided residential shelter home [Two units] for 100 CNCP & CWSN girls under JJ Act. Purpose of this shelter home is to restoring childhood and imbibing them with social values through education & equipping with decision making power to become a responsible citizen. Children’s are here providing safe shelter, food, basic health care, trauma reduction counselling, education, recreation & alternative skill development trainings. On an average every year 400 vulnerable children took safe shelter and out of them 80% have been restored to their own family followed Government protocols.
- Amar Bari: destitute home for girls under Cottage Scheme: Since the 2014 Angikar has been running a Government aided residential shelter home for 50 vulnerable & destitute girl children with an aim to provide appropriate safe environment and ensure basic needs. Inmates are here getting safe shelter, food, clothing, basic education, medical and recreation facility. Children’s are preparing their individual care plan with right based approach addressing physical, mental and emotional needs.
- Child Right Promotion Awareness Programme: Time to time organize community level awareness programme on child right, STOP child exploitation and consequences of early girl child marriage and protection issues with active participants of shelter home inmates, local children, school teachers, guardians, community people and Govt officials. A number of 47 active child protection committee has formed and actively present at 47 most vulnerable villages in Sundarban to protect the children from different type’s exploitation incidents.
- Child Line: 1098: As a part of National Programme, in partnership with Child line India Foundation, Angikar is running Child line sub centre at Canning I & II, Gosaba and Basanti blocks under Canning Sub Division, South 24 Parganas District. On an average every year our team attends 1800 to 2000 calls and provide safe shelter 35 to 40% victim children. Time to time orgnaize community sensitize events to address, causes and consequences on Child Marriage, Child trafficking, Child labour, Child Rights and incidents of Child missing.